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Meet your Florida Orchestra members: John Shaw, principal percussion

Age: Old enough to drink scotch, but still the youngest member of the percussion section.

With the orchestra since: 1992

Where you are originally from: Milton

Age I started studying my instrument: 11, but I started piano at age 7.

Favorite date night place to eat out: Home. My wife (TFO principal harpist Anna Kate Mackle) is a great cook. However, we do like the Horse & Jockey pub in the Pasadena area.

My iPod is usually playing : Mostly podcasts, but I've got everything from Aerosmith to Sinatra on there, too.

Last book I read was: Open, by Andre Agassi.

Career path if I hadn't chosen music: Sportscaster. Everything I say to the TV during a game is repeated by the announcers 5 seconds later.

Hobbies and interests: Playing tennis and chess.

Some little-known, yet interesting fact about you: I have a cat named Louise. I once played on an intramural basketball team named "The Fighting Rhinemaidens" (we were all music majors).

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): Either "What does percussion music look like?" or "Do percussionists read music?" We, of course, do read music; however, it's somewhat akin to ancient hieroglyphics, and can only be understood by the most learned of musicians.

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Meet your Florida Orchestra members: John Shaw, principal percussion 05/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 4:30am]
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